Welcome to my new website and to my first blog! Who I am…I am presently an Independent Meeting and Event Manager. I say Manager vs Planner as I don’t just plan events, I manage them. I manage the contract, the budget, the additional vendors from production to decorator to the registration and hotel staff, the details, the timeline and deliverables, the execution of the meeting or event, the billing and wrap-up, and yes, I sometimes even manage the client. My career path brought me to this career naturally.
I began in hospitality operations where I did everything from being a cutter-chopper, run the dish machine (it is a machine vs a washer in big settings outside of your kitchen…think of that Maytag or Whirlpool on major steroids!), a maid cleaning hotel rooms, setting up the event, serving the event, being your restaurant or banquet manager to selling and booking the event. I dabbled a little bit in Audio-Visual sales where I learned enough to be ‘dangerous’ and enough to be able to know what to for in regards to equipment and/or production needs. I also worked at a large catering company that was the exclusive caterer for a handful of venues in the Twin Cities plus did a large volume of off-premise catering at other venues or in private homes.
I have been planning and managing meetings and events since 2002 when I officially transitioned from being a “supplier” to being a “planner” and have loved every minute of it! I have had my fair share of ups and downs with lay-offs, but each new place I have worked has taught me something new and provided me with a large network that has also provided me with some pretty amazing opportunities (like working as a Delegate Aide in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention!). And I am grateful every day that I have this job and the ability to “work for the woman” instead of the man.
My hope is that this blog will be an opportunity to share my experiences, learnings and take-a-ways from my past and current events. Until next time…